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Pamela Wagstaff with her book “Beneath the Door.”
Pamela Wagstaff with her book “Beneath the Door.”

Menifee Art Council chooses February ‘Author of the Month’


Friday, February 15th, 2013
Issue 07, Volume 17.
Shawnees Peacock
Special to the Valley News


From scriptwriting for television and radio to photography, to music to poetry, to giving back to her community by mentoring aspiring writers, to self-publishing two books with a third on the way, author PS Wagstaff is undoubtedly the jack-of-all-trades.

Wagstaff is a New York native who has been a part of the Menifee community for the last three years. She has a background in advertising and has worked in the field of radio and television for 27 years. One would think that transitioning from advertising to writing poetry would be difficult. However, Wagstaff’s professional experience over the years has helped her hone in on her creative talents even more so.

Her love affair with the art of writing began at the young age of 12; however, she did not truly realize her talents until she was 16-years-old. At the age of 16, Wagstaff’s younger brother died at the age of five. This hardship directed her into the world of writing as she began to feverishly type pages of short, free verse poetry. Adversity continued to confront Wagstaff as her husband, sister and mother and father passed away at various times in her life. Although these events were emotionally debilitating, Wagstaff was able to use her personal tragedies as a catalyst for getting serious about her writing and as a consistent source of inspiration that would end up influencing the themes in Advertisement
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her books. Writing became the medium that she turned to in order to cope and grieve with this series of unfortunate events.

One can see the crossover that lies between Wagstaff’s own life experiences and her work. Her style of writing appeals to a niche market due to what she describes as its "dark, topical, abstract and intellectual" nature. Much of her inspiration is derived from "everyday life and things that are going on in the world that are not so wonderful."

A few of her favorite writers are William Shakespeare, William Blake, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, John Keats, Ernest Hemingway, Rod McKuen and Jim Morrison.

This author, artist and poetess does not expect to be putting the brakes on her work and creativity anytime soon. Her third book of this series, The Still: Poetry & Art of Time & Relevance, will be available for purchase sometime in February.

Although Wagstaff is primarily focused on her poetry, she still finds the time to be philanthropic by serving as Menifee Valley Chamber Ambassador and also Lady Ms. 2011 Menifee Valley Chamber Of Commerce Queen. She now serves as Board of Director for The Menifee Chamber. She also serves as mentor through social media for other aspiring writers and is a patron and volunteer for Arts Council Menifee, as well as The Sun City Library Literary Division.

To purchase PS Wagstaff’s books, visit amazon.com.


 

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